I well remember the first time I went to sea on a cruising boat. Uncertain of what would happen next, I always seemed to be in the wrong place. The deck was a mass of ropes, the terminology—which sounded like Greek to me—was all unfamiliar, and I was probably more of a liability than a help. I enjoyed myself tremendously. Reading whatever books I could lay my hands on, I tried to become more familiar with what old square-rigger captains called “working ship.” If I’d had the RYA Manual of Seamanship then, I’m sure I’d have learned a great number of things quickly and efficiently. Experienced sailors may find this volume a bit lightweight, but for a fledgling sailor it’s a fast-track way to becoming a more efficient and knowledgeable crew who will be welcomed aboard almost any boat. This well-written book and its clear illustrations would have been a great asset during my early sailing days.
Antal: QR Clutch
Get a Grip Italian deck gear maker Antal’s two new QR clutches not only have high holding power—up to 3,500lb for the QR10 and 4,800lb for the QR12—they can be opened and released under maximum load, so there’s no longer any need to take up the strain on a winch before freeing a ...read more